Norris was a founding vice president of Engineering Research Associates (ERA). He later became head of the Univac Division of the Remington Rand before founding and becoming president and chief executive officer of Control Data Corporation (CDC) in 1957. Norris begins by describing his employment before World War II, his civilian career with the Navy, and his commission in the Naval Reserve. He then discusses his work with Communications Supplementary Activities-Washington. Norris' description of the formation and operations of ERA comprise over half of the interview. Topics include: the roles of Howard Engstrom, John E. Parker, C. B. Tompkins, and Northwestern Aeronautical in the formation of ERA; the influence of the Whirlwind project; government contracts held by ERA; magnetic drums; and contract negotiations with James Birkenstock of International Business Machines. In the second half of the interview Norris discusses the ERA 1101, ERA 1102, and ERA 1103 computers, the acquisition of ERA by Remington Rand, the Univac File computer, his work as head of the Univac Division, and the formation of CDC.
William C. Norris, OH 116. Oral history interview by Arthur L. Norberg, 28 July and 1 October 1986, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107551
Transcript, 192 pp. Audio file available at http://purl.umn.edu/95360
Norris, William C., 1911-.
Oral history interview with William C. Norris.
Charles Babbage Institute.
Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,
Content distributed via the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Semiconductor quantum dot systems have gained more attention in quantum computation and optoelectronic applications due to the ease of bandstructure tailoring and three-dimensional quantum confinement. Thus, an accurate ...
Most digital systems operate on a positional representation of data, such as binary encoding. An alternative is to operate on random bit streams where the signal value is encoded by the probability of obtaining a one versus ...